Jayco RV Owners Forum

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-27-2014, 09:38 AM   #1
Senior Member
cekkk's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Murrieta
Posts: 2,421
Cap Paint Fading

A friend's year old Eagle has an otherwise attractive brown front cap that is fading just below the roof line. He's not a computer guy, so I'm writing for him. A repairman told me this was not an uncommon problem when he worked for a Jayco dealer. Is it worth it for my friend to take it to the dealer, or would the repaint be temporary also? He and his wife use it as full timers, so going to the dealer is not a no-brainer.

'11 Eagle 320RLDS
'02 F350 PSD Dually 4WD
DW's Ride, '13 Expedition
cekkk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
Senior Member
3'senough's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 2,072
I would take it in and have them re-shoot it and put a good clear over it. The clear will take all the abuse and not fade. It might cost a little more unless Jayco steps up.


2014 375 BHFS Eagle Premier
2014 Ram 3500 Longhorn DRW CC
6.7 CTD, Aisin, 4.10's
Yamaha EF3000iSEB
3'senough is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 02:17 PM   #3
Senior Member
troutslayer's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NW AR (God's Country)
Posts: 1,848
I would contact Jayco first, possibly with pictures, and lay it on them for a decision.

2012 Eagle Super Lite HT 26.5RKS
2005 GMC 2500 SLT HD D/A
troutslayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 04:25 PM   #4
Senior Member
John LLRV's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: East Grand Forks, MN
Posts: 317
We had a 2012 that faded here. Jayco authorized a local painter to re-shoot and clear coat. I would contact your local dealer or Jayco.
John LLRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 07:08 PM   #5
Senior Member
Mustang65's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL area
Posts: 3,671
Our 2013 Eagle 284BHS with the dark front started fading/hazing a month after we purchased it. I noticed it on the top of the front cap and each month it was spreading across the top and then down the front of the cap. Nothing we did would stop the fading/hazing. Finally in December I contacted Jayco and sent them pictures of the fading/glazing front and they said I would need to take it into an authorized dealer/service center and they will assess the problem. The dealer took one look at it and said that Jayco would either replace the front cap or repaint it. The issue with gel coat is that has to be removed down to the fiberglass ($$$) in order for a paint job to last. The Eagle and I made the return trip home (120miles) and waited for the dealer to call back. Within 4 days the dealer called and said that Jayco was going to pay for the paint job. Since, the cap was going to be repainted, my wife and I agreed that we wanted repainted WHITE (a shade that would match the side of the Eagle). The dealer/service center agreed that they would repaint it in the color we requested as our 2 year warranty is about to expire anyway and extended warranties do not cover the exterior of the TT. The paint job is warranted for 5 years at the dealer. They did a GREAT job and we are EXTREMELY happy with the finished product, as you can see in the pictures below. First benefit is that the exterior cap temperature does not go over 200 degrees (like the dark front) in the direct sun, the max cap temperature so far with the white front has been 128 degrees in the direct sun light.
One thing I learned through this experience is that after talking to a few body shops about the fading/hazing, clear coat is not recommended to be used on a gel coat, unless you use the best product on the market (somewhere around $130 a gallon), the cheaper ones and gel-coat do not get along. They have had a number of the dark front TT's (multi-brands) with the same issue and had to repaint them, and they are expecting to get a LOT more as time goes on. I am very happy that Jayco followed through with correcting the problem.
Click image for larger version

Name:	EAGLE 284BHS New Front.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	29.3 KB
ID:	11072
2013 Jayco Eagle 284BHS
250Watt Grape Solar Panel, MorningStar MPPT 60 Charge Controller
1500 Watt Ramsond PSI, 2 Trojan T145 Batteries (260Ah)
2 - AirSight Wireless IP Cameras (used as rear view cameras)
EnGenius WI-FI extender, D-Link wireless (n) modem
MagicJack Internet Phone
2012 Ford F150XLT, EcoBoost w/3.73
157" Wheel base, HD Towing Package

Our Solar Album https://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?albumid=329
Mustang65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 07:16 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Maine
Posts: 174
Send a message via Yahoo to mwebber78
Dealer did a great job there!
Webber Family :campfire:
DW & 2 DD's
2013 Jayco Eagle 334RBTS
mwebber78 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2014, 08:05 PM   #7
Senior Member
cekkk's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Murrieta
Posts: 2,421
Thanks, Mustang, I'll read this to my friend.
cekkk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2014, 05:10 AM   #8
Senior Member
David472's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SW Ontario
Posts: 1,393
Good choice going with the white color.
In past years, I had a Hobie Cat sailboat, which have the gelcoat finish. I was very active with the regional fleet events. The only boat color that looked any good after a couple years, was white. The dark ones always looked like crap after a couple years in the sun. You could extend that time by always keeping it covered, but the sun always wins in the end. Gelcoat is NOT paint. Don't fool yourself on this point.
Jayco Eagle 31.5RLDS
GMC Sierra 2500 HD
David472 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 08:00 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 106
2013 Eagle 284BHS
2017 F350 4x4 SCREW 6.2 Equalizer WD

DW,DS,DD and Riley (Goldendoodle)
dan222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2015, 08:15 PM   #10
Senior Member
BigJohnD's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Florien, LA
Posts: 1,709
As nice as the darker colors are (appearance wise), I'll never own anything but white or very light colors now, for reasons mentioned above. Heat. Had a majority metallic black Tiffin a few years back, and in the south in the summer, geez.

Pretty much been covered, but I'd vote for a repaint. Had to repaint the cap on our Cedar Creek. It was for cracking issues, but I did notice a lot of others with the fading of the cap, so it was just a matter of time.

John and Rebecca Dickson
Emma-9 / Little John-6 / Iva-2
2013 Ford F-350 Lariat FX4, CC LB PSD, DRW
2015 Jayco Jay Flight 28BHBE (#8)
BigJohnD is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:26 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.